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Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty. File photo

Resul Pookutty calls RRR 'gay love story' with Alia Bhat as 'prop'

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“Baahubali” producer Shobu Yarlagadda has called out Resul Pookutty for his “extremely disappointing” remarks about SS Rajamoulis latest release “RRR”, which the Oscar-winning sound designer labelled as a “gay love story”.

Pookutty made the comments on Twitter, in response to a post by actor Munish Bhardwaj, who called the period action film “30 minutes of garbage”.

The sound designer replied, “Gay love story…” and in a follow-up post, he said Bollywood star Alia Bhatt was just a “prop” in the big-budget spectacle.

Yarlagadda, who produced Rajamoulis two-part epic “Baahubali”, commented on Pookuttys tweet, saying he strongly disagrees with him.

“I dont think @RRRMovie is a gay love story as you say but even if it was, is gay love story a bad thing? How can you justify using this? Extremely disappointed that someone of your accomplishments can stoop so low!” the producer wrote.

Pookuty, who won an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing in 2009 for his work on “Slumdog Millionaire”, countered Yarlagaddas remarks by asking him to not take his words “seriously” and said he didnt mean any offence to the films team.

“Agree totally. Absolutely nothing wrong even if it was. I merely quoted 2 my frnd, banter that already exists in public domain & nothing else. There is no stooping factor in this. U dont have 2 take it seriously Shobu, I didnt mean any offense 2 any stake holders. I rest my case here! (sic)” he replied.

“RRR” or “Rise Roar Revolt”, which was pegged as a pan-India movie, chronicles a pre-Independence fictional story woven around two real Indian revolutionaries in the 1920s — Alluri Sitarama Raju, played by Ram Charan, and Komaram Bheem, essayed by N T Rama Rao Jr.

The film received mostly positive reviews for Rajamoulis execution of his grand vision, gravity-defying action stunts, performances by the leading men and the song “Naacho Naacho” (or “Naatu Naatu” in Telugu), scored by M M Keeravani.

Also featuring Ajay Devgn in a guest appearance, the movie was released in March and raised over Rs 1,200 crore at the box office worldwide.

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